2015–2016 Grants Awarded

Andele Tutors, $3000, Southern Dona Ana County. Summer program that trains and uses college students to serve as mentors and tutors in order to raise skills in reading and math for 200 children during an eight week summer program.

Asombro Institute for Science Education, $3000, Las Cruces. Promotes hands-on science activities that develop science literacy and critical thinking skills. Curriculum incorporates science into language arts and math standards.

Aspire After Care Learning Program, $2500, Santa Fe. Provides structured, nurturing environment with homework help and tutoring as well as enrichment activities.

Assistance League of Chaves County, $3000, Roswell and Chaves County. Operation School Bell provides new school clothes and supplies for children in need from grades K-8th and provides age-appropriate books for these children.

Bernal Community Center, $1500, Bernal and San Miguel County. Youth Recreation Program in remote area with lending library, computer lab, recreational sports and exposure to cultural traditions.

Bike Works, $2000. Silver City. The Earn-a-Bike Program allows youth to obtain a bike in exchange for volunteering at the facility where participants learn how to maintain and repair their bicycles and how to safely and efficiently ride bicycles through bicycle-related activities.

Boys & Girls Club of Bloomfield, $3000, Bloomfield. Afterschool program provides Kidz Lit Reading, that increases motivation to read and builds literary skill, and programs on healthy eating, internet safety and community service activities.

Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca, $2500, Ruidoso. Power Hour program gives academic support for youth in their out-of-school time to drive academic success.

Camp Corazones, $4000, New Mexico. Provides a summer camp at no cost to children age 5 to 12 years with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Cancer Services of NM, $3000, New Mexico. Provides education and support to the children of New Mexico’s cancer patients with Family Cancer Resource Bag to help newly diagnosed parents explain their cancer diagnosis to children and Family Cancer Retreat

Canones Early Childhood Center, $3000, Canones. Project Literacy Outreach brings early childhood education, child development and early/emergent literacy services to the underserved population of rural, isolated, minority families in northern New Mexico.

Children of Promise, $1500, Des Moines, Capulin and Folsom. Operates a food pantry, summer and afterschool activities as well as clothing and household supplies for families in need.

Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico, $3000, Central New Mexico. Provides free support groups for children, teens, young adults and their caregivers that are grieving the death of a loved one.

Compassionate Touch Network, $3000, Santa Fe & Albuquerque Area. Trains facilitators for classroom presentations on mental illness. Goals are to recognize its symptoms, to get appropriate treatment, to understand the importance of early diagnosis and treatment and to promote compassion and remove stigma.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) First Judicial, $2000, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba & Los Alamos Counties. Provides advocacy for abused children in juvenile proceedings and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Fourth Judicial, $2000, San Miguel, Mora & Guadalupe Counties, Provides advocacy for abused children in juvenile proceedings and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

Down Syndrome Foundation of SE NM, $3000, Roswell & Southeastern New Mexico. Summer day camps to strengthen children’s physical skills as well as provide therapy opportunities including speech. Goal is to help support families of individuals with Down syndrome of all ages.

Eagles’ Wings Youth Ranch, $2000, Mountainair. Summer camp and mentoring program focused on prevention and early intervention centered around relationships to help youth succeed.

El Rito Library, $2000, El Rito. Promotes literacy for 2-5 year-old toddlers who come to the library twice a week for different activities that include math, science and story time. The grant also assists in creating a space for pre-teens and teenagers.

Equine Spirit Sanctuary, $1500, Taos area. Horses Helping Kids combines therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning to help kids with special needs gain life skills.

Family Promise of Albuquerque, $1000, Albuquerque. Provides safe shelter and basic needs for homeless families with support for finding employment and permanent housing.

First Tee of Santa Fe, $2000, Santa Fe. Through golf, youth are taught life skills to help them thrive socially, academically and athletically with measureable results.

Gerard’s House, $4000, Santa Fe. Provides emotional and psychological support for children who are experiencing a life crisis because of the death of a loved one. The long-term goal is to help end self-destructive behaviors because of unresolved grief and loss.

Gila Valley Library, $3000, Gila Valley in Northwestern Grant County. Promotes children’s literacy through library programs for youth from 2 years to 12th grade in a large rural area.

Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe, $2,000. Santa Fe. Provide homeless families with the support they need to become stable and sustainable through a two year plan for independent living.

Kirtland Youth Association, $2,500. Kirtland and San Juan County. All-day summer recreation and literacy programs at two locations with breakfast and lunch provided.

Los Alamos Arts Council, $600, Los Alamos. Through theatre program, offers children the opportunity for self-exploration, development of social and communication skills, self-discipline, strong work ethic and understanding of team concept.

Many Mothers, $2500, Santa Fe County. Provides free, in-home care and support to any Santa Fe family with a newborn to improve the health and development of our youngest residents.

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, $1500, Velarde. Summer Youth Intern Program provides archaeological training and stewardship for local youth at this historical site.

NM Center for Therapeutic Riding, $1000. Santa Fe County. Therapeutic horseback riding classes for children with disabilities and internships for youth.

NM Kids Matter, $1000, Bernalillo County. Ensures that children in foster care are receiving essential educational services.

NM Suicide Intervention Project, $4,000. Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties. Comprehensive youth suicide prevention through risk assessments, counseling, peer-based help and awareness.

Northern Youth Project, $4500. Rural Communities around Abiquiu. Program combines art, agriculture, community service and leadership to create a well-rounded and youth-centered organization that includes a productive, large garden.

Ojo Sarco Community Center, $2000. Ojo Sarco-Taos County. Books, activities and music programs for children to promote literacy and summer lunch program.

Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center, $1000, Abiquiu-Rio Arriba County. Summer reading program for children, Heroes and Heroines.

Reins for Life, $1500. Dexter. Therapeutic horse riding as well as speech and behavioral therapies for children of all abilities including children with visual impairment, special needs and autism.

Silver Bullet Productions, $2000, Rural and Tribal New Mexico. This award-winning program provides film workshops that teach students to develop a thesis and write, direct and produce films on topics selected by local communities over a two-year period.

Southwest Youth Services, $2000, Albuquerque and Central NM Pueblos. Programming under Native Youth Wellness Corps promotes healthy and empowered youth through soccer clinics, soccer play and the Annual Indigenous Soccer Cup Tournament.

Story of Place, $2000, Santa Fe Following citizen and community education, students conduct research in order to formulate and implement a project to benefit the community. Students learn youth civic leadership and job training skills.

Talpa Community Center, $1,000, Village of Talpa and Taos County. Children engage is ceramics, sewing, quilting and reading activities during this summer program.

Tarnoff Art Center, $2,000, Pecos, Rowe and San Miguel County. Summer arts program where students participate in a range of activities with art, meditation, yoga and skill building activities.

Truchas Service Center, $2,500, Truchas. Provides a four-day-a-week preschool for children 3 to 5 and is the only program in this area to prepare children to succeed in kindergarten.

Valencia County Literacy Council, $3000. Los Lunas. Family Literacy Pre-school provides child-centered instruction to develop literacy in children ages birth to 5 years with parents reading daily to their children and staff providing a lending library and numerous educational activities.

Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, $2000, Santa Fe. The Clinic, staffed by volunteers and paid staff, provides integrated children’s medical and dental services for the uninsured.

Wings of America, $2,000, Zuni, Jemez and San Felipe Pueblos. Running and fitness camps to promote healthy lifestyle choices among American Indian youth ages 6 to 18 years. Promotes positive self-images and self-betterment.

Wings for L.I.F.E., $4500, Roswell surrounding areas. Wings for L.I.F.E. (Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education) provides an afterschool program that promotes positive behaviors to reduce risk-taking behaviors and serves as a prevention program to prevent young children and youth from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.

Young Fathers of Santa Fe, $2400, Santa Fe. Provides young fathers with support in choosing healthy lifestyles for themselves and their families and assists young fathers in sustaining stable and nurturing relationships that promote their children’s well-being.